Various Artists

Teen Beat, Vol. 3

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Devoted wholly to rock instrumentals of the late '50s and early '60s, this 30-track disc is a good investment for collectors looking for hits in the genre that didn't crack the Top 20 (and hence don't get played on oldies radio today), or missed the charts entirely. A couple smashes ("Wipe Out," "Pipeline") slip through, but otherwise there's a variety of forgotten hot wordless platters here, like the Astronauts' "Baja" (some of the best instrumental surf to originate outside out of California), the New Orleans-cum-Philly R&B of saxophonist Lee Allen, the creepy organ of the Wailers' "Mau Mau," the minimalist rockabilly of the Rock-a-Teens' "Woo-Hoo," the Ramrods' wacky adaptation of "Ghost Riders in the Sky," and the hard guitar of Duane Eddy associate Al Casey. When all's said and done, though, these aren't as good as the most famous vintage instrumental hits -- stick with the more prominent compilations unless you're deeply into the sound.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:51
2 2:06
3
1:51
4
2:40
5 2:13
6 2:18
7 2:38
8 2:28
9 2:38
10 2:07
11 2:32
12
2:14
13 2:06
14 1:59
15 2:22
16 2:18
17
2:00
18 2:40
19 2:46
20 2:26
21 2:24
22
2:14
23
1:57
24 2:05
25
2:40
26 2:31
27 2:15
28 2:14
29 2:03
30 2:36
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